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I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 47th District, representing much of western Illinois. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up to date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield. Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you.

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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

sullivan-75x75SullivanawardThe Illinois Rural Health Association, whose mission is to improve access to health care for rural Illinoisans, has named State Senator John Sullivan as its Legislator of the Year.

Click here to watch the report from WGEM-TV.

sullivan-75x75MONMOUTH — State Senator John Sullivan spoke to a Monmouth College's American Politics course Sept. 27 and discussed how he became involved in politics at a young age, passing his first bill in the Senate and the unique challenges of Illinois government.

"What a diverse group of people there are in this state, especially when it comes to passing legislation," he said. "The legislators from Chicago don't always grasp our agriculture needs. I, in turn, don't always grasp their needs."

To read the full Monmouth College News article, click here.

concealed350SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police (ISP) have finalized training materials and guidelines for instructors and that as of Oct. 1, instructors can begin training individuals for concealed-carry licenses.

ISP has approved 757 instructors from across the state and released a list of existing training programs that will satisfy the 16-hour training requirement.

Applications for concealed-carry licenses will be available Jan. 5, 2014, but individuals must complete the required 16 hours beforehand.

To find a registered concealed carry license instructor, click here.

For a list of existing training programs, click here.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) gave members of the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation an update on Western Illinois University’s Performing Arts Center and the Macomb bypass construction project at the organization’s annual legislative luncheon.

To read the full McDonough County Voice article click here.


SPRINGFIELD — State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) helped answer questions from county and local officials about new insurance legislation at a conference Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. Sullivan discussed changes to how local governments manage their group insurance plans.

When you go home, tell them of us and say,

For their Tomorrow, we gave our today

--inscription from Fallen Soldiers Memorial

BEARDSTOWN—Students, teachers, veterans and family members gathered together to unveil a memorial commemorating Beardstown High School alumni who died in military service. The Beardstown High School Fallen Soldiers Memorial was dedicated on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial includes three granite tablets containing an epitaph, emblems of five branches of the military and the names of fallen servicemen.

During the dedication, veterans and local officials eulogized some of the former students. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) spoke during the ceremony.

"We are here to celebrate the dedication of this beautiful memorial," Sullivan said. "I had the opportunity to talk about one of those individuals: Charles Burrus."

Sergeant Charles Burrus enlisted in the Army in 1941 prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the 515th Coastal Artillery, stationed in the Philippines. Burrus' unit was the first to engage the Japanese when their forces attacked the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941.

After three months, U.S. forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese and Burrus was listed as missing in action. He was a participant in the Bataan Death March and died from malaria, malnutrition and dysentery on June 4, 1942.

His family was notified a year later, and his remains were returned to Arenzville.

"The Beardstown community and especially the schools here wanted remember and dedicate this memorial to young people who—starting in World War II all the way up to the current conflict—have participated in some of the major offenses," Sullivan said.

Twenty-four names are inscribed on the Fallen Soldiers Memorial; Burrus was 1 of 17 who died during World War II.

World War II
Robert Allen
Charles Burrus
Roy Chambers
Jack Hagerty
Keith Jokish
Robert Kays
Virgil Livingston
George Mitchell
Willis Munger
Jacques Schweer
Herschel Schaefer
William Townley
Robert Treadway
Albert Brockhouse
Edgar Green
Elmer Moore
Howard Lancaster

Robert Vincent
Robert Johnston

Billy Cook
Robert Fox
Lester Kimble
Samuel Broeker

James Dorsey

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Springfield, IL 62706
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